Application for diamond permit – Mining
All Mining operation require a diamond permit for mining in South Africa which can be obtained from the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR).
This mining permit is a document issued by the DMR which allows you permission subject to terms and conditions to commence mining operations.
It is an offence to mine without a mining permit.
Mining permits are non transferable. They are aimed at controlling prospecting and mining, having regard to considerations for health and safety, environmental management and the responsible mining of mineral resourses.
The permit is valid for the period specified on the permit, but may not exceed two years. It may however be renewed for three more periods of no more than a year each.
A mining permit may only be issued if:
- the resource in question can be mined optimally for a period of two years
- the area being mined does not exceed 1.5 hectare or 15000 square meters
How to apply for a permit to mine diamond (Gemstones)
- Apply online
- Pay the prescribed, non-refundable fee online.
- The system will accept the application if all requirements have been met.
- Once your application has been accepted, the regional manager will request that you submit an environmental management plan and consult with the landowner and legal occupier of the land as well as any other affected party.
- Submit a written outcome of the consultation to the regional manager within 30 days.
- The Minister of Mineral Resources will issue a mining permit if all the requirements have been met.
How long does it take
The South African Mineral Resources Administration System will inform you immediately if your application has been accepted (this means you have met all the requirements).
How much does it cost
- The costs are determined by the Regulations to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) and are non-refundable.
- The application fees are prescribed by the Regulations to the MPRDA.
Forms to complete
All applications should be done online.